Over the weekend I went to Michigan to visit my family. While there my parents gave me my Great Grandma’s Cast Iron Skillet. Not only was it a cast iron skillet, it was a Wagner Ware Sidney #8 – 10.5″ skillet. When I got it home I noticed that it needed to be seasoned. How does one season, or re-season in this case, a cast iron skillet?
As you can see from the picture above the cast iron is in need of some seasoning.
The first step is to preheat your oven to to 275 degrees.
Rinse your pan and dry it off. This will clean it of any dust or other particles. Then using a solid fat, rub the pan down nicely. I used crisco but you can use lard, shortening, bacon fat, or pretty much any solid fat.
After you finish your pan should be coated.
Place the pan in the preheated oven and set your timer for 20 minutes.
After the 20 minutes is up, remove the pan from the oven and drain the liquid out. Then place back in the oven for 2-3 hours. When the time is up your pan is seasoned.
Look at these before and after shots.
Sometimes if you have a new pan you should season it a couple of times before using. Also it is best to make some bacon in it the first couple of times. This will help solidify the seasoning of the pan. Once you are done cooking up some bacon, it is ready for some awesome cornbread.
Check back later this week for some awesome cast iron cooking.